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Chester 1-4 Forest Green Rovers

Jon Parkin
Parkin opened the scoring with a penalty after a foul on Kurtis Guthrie

Forest Green Rovers moved back into the Conference play-off positions with an impressive victory at Chester.

Jon Parkin put the visitors in front with a penalty before the 33-year-old striker headed in a second as he took his tally to 15 goals in 16 games.

Kurtis Guthrie had a shot saved by Jon Worsnop before Elliot Frear scored from the rebound to extend Rovers' lead.

John Rooney curled in a free-kick for Chester but Aarran Racine poked in a shot to add gloss for Rovers.

It was Chester's second heaviest defeat of the Easter weekend, having been beaten 5-1 at Bristol Rovers on Good Friday.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr on Chester v Forest Green

"Defensively we were awful. I'm really disappointed with the goals we conceded, although we were not helped by losing our two centre-halves.

"I've got Michael Kay with eight stitches in his forehead and Matty Brown in hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

"We're in the middle of a bad run, but we set out this season to make sure that we didn't put ourselves in the same position as we did last year and we've done that."

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Forest Green v Chester

"We showed a lot of character today, in the first half we came out of the traps really well.

"Jon Parkin was top class, I think he was unlucky with the one that was offside, but what a finish it was. I was desperate for him to get a hat-trick because he deserved it.

"It is now about us just winning games and next week is a big game for us against Macclesfield, but today I'm very pleased with the boys."

Line-ups

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 23Higgins
  • 5BrownSubstituted forRooneyat 43'minutes
  • 8James
  • 3Roberts
  • 22Heneghan
  • 7Mahon
  • 17McBurnie
  • 27Hughes
  • 18Abbott
  • 4KaySubstituted forMcConvilleat 22'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 10Rooney
  • 13Viscosi
  • 16McConville
  • 19Hobson
  • 21Peers

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forMarwoodat 90'minutes
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forKamdjoat 90'minutes
  • 2PipeBooked at 45mins
  • 18FrearSubstituted forBenderat 90+3'minutes
  • 20Parkin
  • 9Fleetwood

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 15Bender
  • 26Coles
  • 33Marwood
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
1,911

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tom Bender replaces Elliott Frear.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Marwood replaces Rob Sinclair.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Kingsley James (Chester FC).

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. Matty Hughes (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Sean McConville (Chester FC).

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Sean McConville (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean McConville (Chester FC).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC).

Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Chester FC).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

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